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Drug Allergies

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Drug allergies are relatively rare in cats, but any individual can have an adverse reaction to a particular drug without warning. Symptoms vary but can include itching, hives, fever, vomiting, hair loss (topical products) and in severe cases...

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Perfumes

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Some cats are very sensitive to the perfumes that are frequently added to cat litters, cleaning products, air sprays, carpet powders, dryer cloths, etc. If you find that your cat is sneezing or becoming itchy after contact with these types of...

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Plastic Food Bowls

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Human allergies to plastic have been documented in scientific literature, and while similar studies have not been done in cats, anecdotal reports seem to link eating and drinking from plastic bowls with a condition called feline chin acne that...

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Food Allergies

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Allergies to particular ingredients in food are another type of feline allergy. Cats with food allergies typically have itchy skin and may also develop recurrent skin or ear infections and have gastrointestinal signs like vomiting, diarrhea...

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Household Allergens

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Cats can also be allergic to indoor allergens like mold, dust, household mites, etc. Indoor allergies are indistinguishable from outdoor allergies, except that the licking, biting and scratching is often year-round rather than seasonal right...

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Pollen

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Allergies to tree, weed and grass pollen are common in cats. Affected individuals lick, chew and scratch anywhere on their bodies and in severe cases, may cause significant skin damage. These allergies often start out as being seasonal (occurring...

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Flea Allergies

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Many cats have allergies to fleas and become incredibly itchy after being bitten just once or twice. You may not be able to find any evidence of fleas on your cat because cats with flea allergies tend clean themselves very aggressively. Licking,...

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Common Cat Allergies

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By Jennifer Coates, DVM Allergies are on the rise in people, and nobody is exactly sure why. Maybe it’s because we no longer have to continuously battle parasites and germs, which leaves our immune systems free to overreact to potential...

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7 Common Cat Allergies

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Read on to learn about the most common allergies in cats, what the symptoms of these allergies are and how they’re treated.

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Allergies

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Cats with allergies, particularly food allergies, often develop itchiness that is focused around the head and ears. If your cat is scratching in this area and no obvious cause can be identified, an allergic reaction may be to blame. Switching...

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Bites and Scratches

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Cats who go outside or live in a multi-cat household are also at higher than average risk for trauma to their ears. Bites and scratches are often directed towards this area and can result in lacerations, punctures and other types of wounds that...

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Foreign Bodies

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Cats, particularly those who go outdoors, sometimes get grass awns and other foreign bodies lodged in their ears. Cats with foreign bodies in their ears will usually shake their heads and paw at their ears. If you look in your cat’s...

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Mange

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Some types of mange mites, like Notoedres cati, seem to prefer to live on the skin around the head and ears of cats. Mite infestations can make cats so itchy that they scratch to the point of self-mutilation. The skin in affected areas can also...

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Polyps

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Nasopharyngeal polyps are benign growths within a cat’s middle ear or Eustachian tube. They can cause cats to develop middle ear infections (as described in the previous slide) as well as loud breathing and nasal discharge. To diagnose...

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Middle and Inner Ear Infections

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Sometimes the middle and inner parts of a cat’s ear become infected, either because an outer ear infection has moved deeper into the ear or because bacteria has spread through the bloodstream or Eustachian tube (a tube that connects the...

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Infections of the Outer Ear

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Bacterial and fungal (yeast) infections of the outer ear often look quite similar to ear mite infestations. The symptoms – scratching and head shaking – are essentially the same, but if you look closely at the ears, you may notice...

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Ear Mites

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Ear mites are tiny parasites that like to live in and around cat ears. They are easily passed between cats and are most commonly diagnosed in kittens. Ear mites make cats shake their heads and scratch themselves around the ears, head and neck....

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Common Ear Problems in Cats

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By Jennifer Coates, DVM Cats have only a few ways to show us that their ears are bothering them. The most common symptoms of ear problems – scratching and head shaking – can be caused by many different diseases, all of which...

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8 Common Ear Problems in Cats

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There are a few “tricks of the trade” that will help you differentiate between the most common ear problems in cats and give you the information you need to get your cat on the road to recovery.

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Why Are Cats Obsessed with Laser Pointers?

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We’ve all done it … flashed a laser pointer across the floor (and up the wall and onto the ceiling) to see at what lengths our cats will go to catch that little dot of light. But why are cats so obsessed with laser pointers? Let’s...

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Focus on Prevention

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“The best scenario is, of course, to never lose your pet in the first place, but it happens. It can happen to anyone,” Flower says. If your dog spends time unsupervised in your yard, regularly check that the fence is secure,...

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Put Out Food and Water

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When your dog returns home, he might be hungry and thirsty. “A normal meal is perfectly fine,” Flower says. “But if you feed them an excessive amount, they may eat too much and make themselves sick.”

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When Your Dog is Found, Look Him Over

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Examine your dog to see if he has any visible injuries, cuts or scrapes on paws or tender spots. Walk him around on his leash to determine if he is moving and acting normally, Marrinan says. “If they are missing for a significant...

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Keep Vaccinations Current

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If your dog has had all his shots, he will not need additional vaccinations once he is found. “The vaccines protect against just the sort of exposures the dog on a walkabout will face,” Marrinan says, such as animals with parasites...

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Consider a Tracking Device

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Newer devices on the market include wearable tracking device, typically fitted to a collar, that use GPS technology to keep tabs on your pet. Expect to pay at least $80 for one of these devices.

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